We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Laura: A Creole Plantation

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


read more
Visit Laura: A Creole Plantation like an insider
Top Rated
$166*
and up
Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,029 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 715
    Excellent
  • 228
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Amazing history!

Another worthwhile plantation to visit. It's history is amazing in more ways than one. Rose our guide was fabulous and had great knowledge of the plantations history, a good story... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Bob K
,
Adelaide Hills, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

1,029 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Adelaide Hills, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Another worthwhile plantation to visit. It's history is amazing in more ways than one. Rose our guide was fabulous and had great knowledge of the plantations history, a good story teller. A fascinating place. There is a place for a special rabbit, but you must visit to find out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Louisiana
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great tour for history lovers. The tour guides know so much about the history of Laura. The original Creole plantation home and some slave cabins still exist on the property. Tours available in French and English. To learn more about the history, read the book 'Memories of the Old Plantation Home' by Laura Locoul Gore, the last of the Duparc-Locoul... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Geneva, Switzerland
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a 1.5h guided tour in French or English. I had the French one. The guide was very good, had studied the subject and a good entertainer. Most of the tour is indoors in the main building. Good stories, great history. Lot of focus on the original family owning the property and couple of the key plantation presidents.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This plantation tour was really good. I found it more interesting than the other one we toured that day, but it was great to have the two stories to contrast and compare. Take the guided tour, for sure, and learn about the difference in the peoples of southern Louisiana several hundred years ago

Was this review helpful? Yes
Palmdale, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We looked at a number of plantations to visit. This one really stood out. It was very different, so we decided to give it a try. We were not aware of anything like a Creole plantation. The guide was outstanding. A real expert. No falling asleep on this tour. It was too exciting. One interesting thing after another, from how... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I liked going back into the BIG house and stepping into life as it was a very long time ago. Very happy that they installed air conditioning too. I was impressed with how they preserved the funrniture and dishes. so regal.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gilbert, Arizona, Usa
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was a pleasent young man who really knew the history of this plantation and the people who had lived there. He was friendly but not overly friendly and was quite humorus. The fact that in Creole society that little is knowen is that the smartest child would be the heir to the plantation or the famliy business,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Brooke (our guide) was very personable, clever, and unbelievably informative without sounding like a script. She seemed to really respect the grounds and the people's stories she told. The house is beautiful and the story behind it is marvelous! Soooooo happy we did this one. You will be too! Buy the book Laura wrote. The narrative is brilliant!

Was this review helpful? Yes
South East Mass.
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I have been to many plantations in my life, but I enjoyed this one the least. The tour is mostly about the lives and stories of the plantation owners who lived there. This type of tour may interest you, but it doesn't interest me. My wife picked this place because she thought there would be a lot of information on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brooklyn, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Historic,amazing,and interesting plantation-This creole building really do not look like a plantation - looks like one the houses in the West Indies - colorful with three different colors on the building - visit the grounds of the slave quarters - this plantation in Louisiana practice the "code noire" which kept the slave families together not separating them as other states... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Laura: A Creole Plantation also viewed

 

Been to Laura: A Creole Plantation? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Laura: A Creole Plantation and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Laura: A Creole Plantation staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?